Hi guys! Today’s post is going to be the first in a series all about series. Like most bookworms I love reading series. I mean, the only thing better than an amazing books, is a whole series of amazing books – right? My only problem is that I’m a lot better at staring series than I am at finishing them. The other day I was talking to my friend Winter about this and I came up with a solution: I decided make a list of every series I’ve started (67 you guys, I’ve started sixty. seven. series) then go through it and decide which ones I still care about and which ones I’m ready to DNF.
1. Imperial Radch Series by Ann Leckie
Books Published: 3/3 Books Read: 1/3
Synopsis: On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance
My thoughts: This was one of the first sci-fi series I ever read and I was pretty confused first. Ann Leckie’s world building is so complex, she’s created an entire universe with different planets, species, cultures, gender norms etc. But once I got into it, it was an amazing reading experience and the main character Breq is one of my all time favorite protagonists. It’s been a while since I read it though, so I’m a little worried I’ve forgotten too much to understand what’s going on in the sequel.
Verdict: KEEP READING
2. The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon
Books Published: 3/7 Books Read: 1/7
Synopsis: The year is 2059. Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.
Thoughts: This kind of futuristic metropolitan setting isn’t my thing at all and I honestly wasn’t wild about this book when I first read it, but it’s grown on me since then. It got steadily more and more interesting, and the ending left me wanting more.
Verdict: KEEP READING
3. The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
Books Published: 2/5 Books Read: 1/5
Synopsis: Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
My thoughts: Y’all now how I feel about witches. If a book has even one minor side character who’s a witch – I’m there. In this series, every single character’s a witch and I still didn’t like it. There just wasn’t anything about it that captured my attention. Not the world, not the characters and definitely not the plot.
4. The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Books Published: 2/3 Books Read: 1/3
Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
My Thoughts: This series comes with a lot of hype and I see why. It has a very cool format, the plot’s intense and fast-paced, the stakes are high and the clock is ticking. I sped through this and there were some really tense moments and cool twists – but I never connected with the characters. Which brings us back to the format, which might be cool, but ultimately left me pretty cold.
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Books Published: 8/9 Books Read: 1/9
Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord 1743. Here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
My Thoughts: There were a couple of scenes in this book that bothered me, one even pissed me off, but despite that – I really enjoyed my overall reading experience! The main characters and their relationship is so compelling, it always kept me turning the pages. My apprehension with this series is that it’s so long – there’s 8 books so far and they’re all huge. I have a hard time finishing a regular YA trilogy, you guys, that’s how I ended up in this mess. But so far I fell too invested in Claire and Jaime’s love story to give up now.
Vedict: KEEP READING
Score: Keep Reading: 3 DNF: 2
How do you feel about series? Love them? Hate them? Are you good at finishing them? Please tell me your unfinished-number, so I can feel less embarrassed about telling you mine!